Jack and the Beanstalk tells the rags to riches story of a boy who sells the family’s cow for a handful of beans, getting him into a lot of trouble with his poor mother. The tale takes a magical twist when the beans spout into a magnificent beanstalk that reaches up to a mystical land high in the sky.
With an outstanding cast, a jam-packed soundtrack and lots of audience participation, Jack and the Beanstalk is perfect for the whole family. The cast and backing dancers perform a whole host of fun songs, including some songs we know such as Revolting Children and Together Forever, as well as some originals.
Lewis Devine (as per usual) as Silly Simon ensures there are plenty of laughs for the adults as he includes a plethora of cheeky innuendos, however there are still many laughs for the kids. The children also have the opportunity to win themselves a golden ticket in the programme, which gives them the chance to get on stage after the show and have a dance with Silly Simon. Those who don’t win are still able to get up and have a dance afterwards too.
The lead performances by David Heath (Jack) and Maddie Hope Coelho (Princess Jill) were great, as well as Mark Two as Dame Dolly Trot. The costumes of the Dame deserved their own recognition, they were fabulous! We were wondering how they’d portray a giant on stage and we weren’t disappointed when an actual 7 foot giant appeared, again another dramatic and remarkable costume.
Rachel Wood’s wicked portrayal of Mrs Fleshcreep had everyone booing throughout, and the last of fire on stage during her solo singing performance was very impressive. Our daughter was particularly besotted with Jenna Sian O’Hara as Fairy Mary, who was, for obvious reasons, victim to quite a few of Silly Simon’s jokes! The backing dancers added extra delight with their flawless performances.
Jack and the Beanstalk is a great panto, highly recommended for the whole family! It is running until Sunday 5th November 2023 at St Helens Theatre Royal, tickets can be bought here.